ISMA Calls For Safeguard Duty On Imported Cells

Five Indian PV Manufacturers File Petition To Impose Safeguard Duty On Imported Solar Cells. India’s Directorate General of Safeguards Initiates Investigation
08:25 AM (Beijing Time) - 28. December 2017
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After 5 Indian PV Manufacturers filed a petition to impose safeguard duties on imported solar cells, India’s Directorate General of Safeguards has initiated an investigation.

Key Takeaways

  • India’s Directorate General of Safeguards receives petition to impose immediate safeguard duty on imported solar cells for 4 years
  • The petition asks for duty to be imposed on solar cells whether or not assembled in modules or panels being imported into India
  • The importing nations of such products are China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan
  • ISMA has filed the petition on behalf of Mundra Solar PV Limited, Indosolar Limited, Jupiter Solar Power Limited, Websol Energy Systems Limited and Helios Photo Voltaic Limited
  • India’s Directorate General of Safeguards has decided to initiate an investigation and issued a notice of initiation of this investigation

In yet another call to protect PV producers in India, the Indian Solar Manufacturers Association (ISMA) has filed a petition with the Directorate General of Safeguards to impose safeguard duties on imported solar cells. It has called for the duty to be imposed on all cells-  whether or not assembled in modules being imported into India. This, says the petition, will protect domestic producers of such products and directly competitive articles ‘from serious injury or threat of serious injury caused by such increased imports.’

The petition focuses on cells coming from China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

This move follows ISMA’s anti-dumping petition on imports of solar cells and panels into India (see Anti-Dumping Investigation Begins In India). Recently, the Directorate General of Anti-Dumping (DGAD) held a hearing about the anti-dumping petition filed by ISMA.

ISMA has filed the petition on behalf of:

  • Adani Group’s Mundra Solar PV Limited,
  • Indosolar Limited,
  • Jupiter Solar Power Limited,
  • Websol Energy Systems Limited
  • Helios Photo Voltaic Limited.

These cell makers claim that they account for more than 50% of the total production of these products under consideration (PUC) in India.

ISMA has submitted data of such imports and production from 2014-15 to 2017-18 up to September 2017 which forms the period of investigation. While in 2014-15, total imports of these products was 1,275 MW, the Indian production was only 246 MW. By 2017-18 up to September 2017, the figures showed import and local production of 4665 MW and 544 MW, respectively.

The Indian cell makers want immediate imposition of safeguard measures for a period of 4 years.

The Directorate General of Safeguards ascertained that the ‘imports of the PUC have increased over a period of time in absolute terms. In relative terms also, the imports have increased appreciably as compared to the base year’. It has found prima facie that such increased imports have caused and are threatening to cause serious injury to the domestic industry. Hence, it has decided to initiate an investigation and issued a notice of initiation of this investigation.

 

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